The Venice Marco Polo Airport is an international airport located in Tessera, some eight kilometres north of the city of Venice. It is near Mestre, another commune of Venice, and is classified as a public airport. The airport is an important landing place for people who travel since its home city is an important leisure destination in Italy. In 2013 alone, some 8.5 million passengers passed through the airport, making it the fifth busiest airport in the country. The airport is operated by SAVE S.p.A. and is classified as a focus city for the airline Volotea. The same operator also controls the smaller Treviso Airport, dedicated mainly to low-cost carriers.
Facilities for the airport include a single three-storey terminal complete with arrival and departure areas designated for Schengen and non-Schengen flights, an apron, two departure lounges, two runways each measuring 10,827 and 9,121 feet, operation services, and many others. Airlines serving the airport meanwhile include Aegean Airlines, Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, Air Arabia Maroc, airBaltic, Air Berlin, Air Canada Rouge, Air Dolomiti, Air France, Air Malta, Air Transat, Alitalia, Arkefly, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Croatia Airlines, easyJet, Delta, and many others. Aside from regular commercial flights, the airport also handles seasonal commercial flights from departure points, as well as domestic flights and cargo facilities/airlines. International flights cover most key cities in Europe, a few in Africa, the United States, Asia, and others.
What to see & do
Often called as one of the many beautiful cities in Europe, Venice is a commune in north-eastern Italy, sited on a group of 117 small islands and canals linked by bridges. It is a unique destination since most of the city is on water, with links and canals going through the city and its purposefully narrow streets. It is known for its beautiful setting, its architecture, and its artworks – another feature almost always present when talking about European cities. The city historically was the capital of the Republic of Venice, and has been called as the “La Dominante”, “Serenissima”, “Queen of the Adriatic”, “City of Water”, “City of Masks”, “City of Bridges”, “Floating City”, and “City of Canals”. For its beautiful construction meanwhile, it was described by Italian journalist Luigi Barzini Jr. as “undoubtedly the most beautiful city ever built by man.” With its colourful and rich history, culture, tradition, and contemporary vibe, it is not surprising that many people are drawn to this interesting city. The effect that it has to its visitors is almost instant: awe-struck tourists who cannot quite handle and wrap their heads around the beautiful destination. What is more is that it has hidden treasures within – aside from its structural perfection – which add to its charm as a world-famous tourism spot.
Gallerie dell'Accademia – The Gallerie dell'Accademia is a museum gallery of pre-19th century art in Venice. It is housed in the Scuola della Carita, on the south bank of the Grand Canal, within the sestiere of Dorsoduro. It was originally the gallery of the Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia, the art academy of Venice, from which it became independent in 1879, and for which the Ponte dell'Accademia and the Accademia boat landing station for the vaporetto water bus are named. A few exhibited highlights include Tintoretto's Resurrection, Lamentation, Stealing of St. Mark's Body, and St. Mark Freeing the Slaves, Pittoni's Penitent Magdalene, Veronese's Battle of Lepanto, Bellini's Sacred Conversation and Martinengo Pieta, and many others.
Canoeing in Venice – If visiting Venice for the first time, one of the many novel activities to do here is riding a canoe or a boat. The canoe is the most important transport mode in all of Venice, with the city being an important floating city and destination. The locals and the tourists all ride these boats, with some even owning a few. Stroll through the cities many canals, and visit the destinations by riding gondolas.
Palazzo Ducale – Known as the very symbol of Venice, the Palazzo Ducale is a multi-purpose establishment in the city, and is known for its alternate name, Doge Palace. It houses a museum called the Museo dell'Opera, The Courtyard, The Loggias, The Doge's rooms and apartments, Institutional Chambers, Prisons, Armoury, and a number of secret destinations within the area including the Chamber of the Three Head Magistrates, the Chamber of Council of Ten, the Chamber of the Inquisitors, the cell of Giacomo Casanova, the Piombi, the small room of the Regent to the Cancellaria, the Chamber of the Secret Chancellery, the Torture Chambers, and many other hidden areas.
The Grand Canal – The Grand Canal is one of the major water-traffic corridors in the city. It leads into the lagoon near the Santa Lucia railway station, while the other ends into the Saint Mark Basin. It is shaped like an inverted “S”, and is lined with more than 170 buildings, most of which date back from the 13th to the 18th century.
Saint Mark's Basilica – A symbol of Venetian wealth and power, the Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marco is the most famous of the city's churches and is the best known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture. It lies at the eastern end of the Piazza San Marco, adjacent and connected to the Doge's Palace. For its opulent design, gold ground mosaics, and beautiful domes, it remains as one of Venice's well-kept treasures.
How to get around within Venice
The best way to go around the city is by foot. Venice is the world's only pedestrian city, with absence of cars making it a particularly pleasurable trip. The destinations are conveniently placed almost next to each other, but if travellers would prefer something different, then they could also try going around using boats, gondolas, and canoes. Automated transport is usually used for getting out of the city to other neighbouring communes in Veneto and can only be accessed by riding water transport to the next island.
How to get there
The Venice Marco Polo Airport is the main connection of the world to Venice. Countries such as France, Spain, Germany, the United States, Japan, Israel, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Canada, Morocco, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Russia, Turkey, Tunisia, and others have direct flights to the airport. If the departure country has no direct flights to Venice, travellers are advised to take flights to Rome first, then take another flight going to Venice.